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Santiago, March 13, 2018

  • The competition is open to law students from any school in Chile.
  • Registration for seedbeds is due on July 10, 2018.
  • The topic will be arbitration as a civil dispute resolution mechanism.

The Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) Law School and Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) have been organizing the Procedure Law Seedbed Competition since 2016. The activity allows law students from Chilean universities to analyze, critique and propose approaches to the relationship between the right to due process and non-criminal procedure reforms under the guidance of a professor. The third version of the competition, which is inspired by the International Seedbed Competition organized by the Colombian Procedure Law Institute, will focus on arbitration as a civil dispute resolution mechanism.

UDP and JSCA welcome new partners to the initiative this year: the Santiago Chamber of Commerce Center for Arbitration and Mediation (CAM) ( and the Chilean Procedure Law Institute (

Each group of eight to ten students will research a specific aspect of the topic and will draft a 30-page paper following the competition guidelines. An initial evaluation will be conducted and finalists –potentially including more than one team per participating university- will offer a presentation on their research before a commission on Monday, August 20.

The presentation will be offered by a student selected by his or her seedbed and will be given to a jury composed of three attorneys linked to the competition topic. The top three teams will advance to a final competition to be held the following day –August 21-, in which they will present again before a different jury. A seminar on the topic will take place that day, and the awards ceremony will be included in that event.
UDP Law Professor Macarena Vargas, who is directing this effort, says that, “The goal is to develop students’ research skills and to train students in the academic world.” She adds that topics are to be linked “to civil procedure reform in order to show students that procedure law is broad and that we are discussing what is happening in our country.”

JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano explained that in the context of a multi-year project that is being executed with support from Global Affairs Canada, “We can co-organize this competition, which seeks to generate and promote new ideas and discussions about how to improve access to civil justice for people in Chile and throughout the region, this time based on the topic of arbitration.”

Six teams competed in the first version of the competition, and that number increased to 11 teams from nine schools in 2017. The winner was the Universidad de Antofagasta seedbed.

Groups may register through July 10, 2018. Papers must be submitted by August 1, and the presentations will take place on August 20 and 21. Presentations must be submitted to the Universidad Diego Portales Law School (República 105) or sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The first place winner will receive a 75% scholarship to enroll in the certificate program of his or her choice at Universidad Diego Portales Law School this year. The second place winner will receive the opportunity to complete a one-month internship in the Santiago Chamber of Commerce Center for Arbitration and Mediation (CAM) during the first half of 2019 as well as a complete set of the Center’s arbitration sentencing books. The third place winner will receive a full scholarship for the JSCA virtual course of the winner’s choice over the two years following the competition.

Click here to view the competition guidelines.







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